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Rule number #1: Talk to your Instructor/Coach first.

By esfinges1 | May 10, 2018

By: Mariana López Rodríguez.   TL, DR.: Read the text in bold. I get it. There are things that you don’t necessarily feel like sharing with your instructor, especially when you are new. Things like not wanting to do X exercise because you are on your period, or that after your baby was born your…

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Why Women Keep Away From Martial Arts

By esfinges1 | Mar 14, 2018

 By Emilia Skirmuntt  Our community (for those of you who came here just by chance and don’t know what the hell I’m talking about it is HEMA- Historical European martial arts community) tends to bring up the same topics with amazing regularity.    Quite recently, this topic was again brought up: “why do white, middle…

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Play your cards right: Penalties in HEMA

By esfinges1 | Feb 10, 2018

By: Mariana López Rodríguez Last month I refereed for the first time in the USA. I had refereed before in Mexico, but it had been a while since that happened. I was slightly nervous, yet since I´ve been judging for so long and on such a regular basis I was confident I could do it….

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HEMA on a budget for the first time international young traveler.

By esfinges1 | Jan 30, 2018

HEMA on a budget for the first time international young traveler. By: Mariana López. The views and opinions of this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Esfinges  As a recently graduated college student of México who has been for the most part unemployed due to college schedules and daily live complications, I’ve been fortunate…

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Thank you!

By esfinges1 | Sep 28, 2017

Yes. There is an image of a dog with a sword, and I’m about to explain to you why. Disclaimer: If you don’t want to read detailed strong notes about HEMA in Mexico and the earthquake, please jump to the title “Now…. About the dog” On September 19th, Esfinges did something that has absolutely nothing…

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Esfinges Donation Campaign

By esfinges1 | Sep 19, 2017

Update 25/september/2017 Thankyou so much for the people who donated this week!!! Here is the last donation sent to the red cross. The rescue missions are still on, and several replica earthquakes have caused more damage to houses and buildings leaving more families homeless and adding to the rescue missions.  Thanks for helping us support…

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From Hate to Love. How I got along with Ringen

By esfinges1 | Sep 15, 2017

From Hate to Love. How I got along with Ringen By: Mariana López Disclaimer: The following post does not intend to portray ringen as the ultimate tool for personal safety. No martial art will make you invincible, there are many odds in each situation and every scenario is unique. If you are interested in self…

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My first HEMA Event

By Anna | Jun 5, 2017

Going to a HEMA event can be a very exciting way to find out more about what the Historical European Martial Arts scene has to offer, whether it’s to learn or compete, or both. We talk to some of our members about the first event they ever attended.   Katie Zold Two years ago I…

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How did HEMA find you?

By Anna | May 31, 2017

HEMA is growing, and it’s interesting to see how people find it, and also what inspires them to get started in the first place. We asked some of our members how they discovered Historical European Martial Arts.   Carolina Drangel My dad read The Lord of the Rings to me when I was ten… Aaand…

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News Roundup: Week Ending 28 May 2017

By Anna | May 24, 2017

Anouk and others coached at Hernen beginners tournament in the Netherlands. The event was organised by several clubs: HVN, Zwaard & Steen, Zwaardkring, and  AMEK. Each club could bring four fighters with little to no competition experience with a coach to assist them. The tournament was held in the courtyard of a castle. Eline Spek…

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